By Pepper

There are several things Kacey Musgraves looks forward to about Christmas, especially the traditions spent with family and the sentiment behind every gift.

“I always really appreciate homemade gifts, and my mom is a wonderful visual artist and painter,” the “Merry Go Round” singer reveals in a statement from her label. “She just kind of works her magic with all different kinds of mediums, and anything that she comes up with is really special, and I’ve gotten several really great handmade presents from her that really touched me, and you know I still really appreciate.

“One of them was a portrait of my dog, Pearl, my 3-legged dog, and it was just the most realistic, beautiful painting of her, and then another one was this beautiful guitar,” she continues. “It’s made completely out of found objects, and so like the tuning keys are skeleton keys, old skeleton keys. You know, the neck is an old vintage-like level. There’s like parts of fans and stuff in there, but it looks like a beautiful old guitar and it’s just really cool. It’s just there’s something about someone using their hands and their brain to like come up with something that like no one can buy. It’s really special to me.”

One of the holiday traditions she looks forward to every year is put on by her grandfather. “My grandpa has a scavenger hunt puzzle that he does every year. Even though I’m like too old for the puzzle, he’s like, ‘You’re still gonna do it.’ So, every year we do that, and it’s funny ‘cause sometimes you’ll find your present in the bathroom or in a tree or out behind the shed. He does a little trail of like either corn or a string to it. It’s very imaginative, and it’s something I look forward to every year. It’s a little tradition.”

And what’s her favorite part about opening presents? “Stockings. I love stockings. They’re kinda my favorite, ‘cause it’s like all the little goodies in there just are fun.”

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